Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Newtown Documentary


December 14, 2016 
6:00pm

Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center
DMF Auditorium, Room 120

24 Park Avenue, Bridgewater, MA 
Bridgewater State University



Academy Building Grand Opening

The Town of Bridgewater wishes to invite the community and local press to attend a grand opening of the newly renovated Bridgewater Academy Building. The grand opening, on Sunday, December 4th at 11:30 AM caps off a major three-year renovation project to rehabilitate the historic structure into usable work spaces for the Town’s administrative offices. The project was funded through capital bonding and with funds approved by the Bridgewater Community Preservation Committee. The total cost of the project was $7.5 million.

The Academy Building renovation project was conducted by Town of Bridgewater in cooperation with Tappe Architects, Bargmann, Hendrie & Archetype, Inc., and M. O’Connor Contracting, Inc. The furnishings of the interior were selected by the Town in cooperation with Workplace Management and Creative Office Pavilion. The new, modern Academy Building fountain and seating area was the collaborative effort of the Town and the Bridgewater Improvement Association. Of the new amenities within the building, chief among them are the Town Council Chambers, meeting spaces, and a state of the art energy efficient climate control system.

The Academy Building has served the community in various capacities over the last century, as a privately owned preparatory school, a high school, Bridgewater Police Department and most recently as town offices.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Healthy Holiday Entertaining



Liz Barbour’s Creative Feast presents “Healthy Holiday Entertaining” Tuesday, December 13th at 6:30 PM.

Space is limited. Registration is required.

Holiday entertaining can be stressful and calorie laden…but it doesn’t need to be. Join cooking instructor Liz Barbour and learn how to plan a healthy menu that can include recipes that are prepared ahead of time and recipes that can be put together last minute with very little fuss.

Liz’s discussion is followed by a cooking demonstration of two of her favorite entertaining recipes. Each recipe is designed to make your holiday party prep simple so you can enjoy feasting with your guests. Enjoy a cooking demonstration of two delicious recipes and samples.

Liz Barbour has been cooking professionally in the Boston area since 1992. Liz’s cooking demonstrations and recipes have been featured on New Hampshire Chronicle, Channel 9’s “Cooks Corner” and in various publications including New Hampshire Magazine.

The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Register at www.bridgewaterpubliclibrary.org under events.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Bridgewater Church to Hold Hanging of the Greens Celebration

The "Hangings of the Greens" with the Rev. Susannah Currie will be held at 10:30 AM on Sunday at Bridgewater New Jerusalem Church located at 2 Bedford Street in Bridgewater.

The public is invited to decorate the church together, sing, worship and hear stories of where Advent and Christmas traditions come from.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Put it Down Campaign


Nearly 25% of all car accidents are due to cell phone use and that number is on the rise. Many in our town no longer feel safe to be behind the wheel or for our kids to be riding bikes or crossing the street. It has to stop.

We as citizens of Bridgewater have the power to bring change. Our police department can't solve this alone and we can't sit idle while people continue to get hurt.

Please donate to help create the "Put It Down" campaign. The money raised will be used to create lawn signs, car window decals and banners. It will be a constant reminder to those driving in Bridgewater that texting and driving is not tolerated in our town.

The goal is to go way beyond signage though, we want Bridgewater to set an example to other communities.

The campaign already has the support of Chief Delmonte and the Bridgewater Police Department now needs residents to help fund the creation of this campaign. In addition, the campaign is also in need of homeowners on major roads to volunteer to host a sign.

Together we can make an impact.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Canton Hospital Party Benefit


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Learn to Curl in January!


Have you wanted to try curling?

Are you looking for an original holiday gift?


The South Shore Curling Club will be hosting a Learn to Curl session on Friday, January 6, 2017 from 8:40–11:00pm at the Bridgewater Ice Arena.

Registration will open on Monday, November 28 at noon EST and is $40 per person. These Learn to Curls fill up quickly, so register early! Just visit southshorecurling.com on Monday and sign up — we hope to see you on the ice in January!

Local Author Steven Manchester to Speak at Bridgewater Public Library



Local Author Steven Manchester to Speak at Bridgewater Public Library on December 6th @ 6:30 p.m. to discuss his books.


Steven is the author of four #1 national bestsellers: Twelve Months, The Rockin' Chair, Pressed Pennies and Gooseberry Island. His long-anticipated, critically-acclaimed novel, The Changing Season, has won at this year Beach Book Festival.

Stevens work has appeared on NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Early Show, CNN's American Morning and BET's Nightly News. Three of his short stories were selected in the "101 Best" for Chicken Soup for the Soul series and he has produced the playwright Three Shoeboxes. www.stevenmanchester.com

The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public will include a book signing.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Christmas Greens Sale & Cookie Walk


Saturday, December 3rd
9 AM to Noon

Join the Bridgewater Garden Club for the Annual Christmas Greens Sale and Cookie Walk at the Cole-Yeaton Senior Center. Wreaths, swags, kissing balls and bags of greens as well as centerpieces, decorated mugs, narcissus bulbs, gloves and other gardening items will be available. The proceeds from this event benefits the Bridgewater Garden Club Scholarship and town beautification funds.

Bridgewater Youth Basketball Launches Online Store


Bridgewater Youth Basketball is happy to announce a partnership with Under Armor and Piesco's. Please note that the online store will only be open from now until NOVEMBER 27th. Don't miss out on some new Bridgewater Youth Basketball gear for the Holiday season!

Click on the link below to see what's available: https://bridgewaterbball2016.itemorder.com/

Friday, November 18, 2016

Fireside Chat Features Cape Verde Leaders



The Pedro Pires Institute for Cape Verdean Studies at Bridgewater State University has added a second event to celebrate its official launch the first weekend in December.

A fireside chat entitled “Leadership and Democracy in Cape Verde: The Road Traveled – The Destiny Set,” will be held Friday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. in BSU’s Horace Mann Auditorium, Boyden Hall.

The historic event will feature Cape Verde Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves former Prime Minister Carlos Veiga, and the institute’s namesake, Honorable Pedro Pires, former President of the Republic and Cape Verde’s first Prime Minister.

The launch of the institute represents the culmination of a decade-long effort to position Bridgewater State University as the global hub for Cape Verdean Studies as the institute is the only academic center in the world exclusively devoted to the study of the diaspora.

While there is no cost to attend the fireside chat, registration is requested by visiting www.give.bridgew.edu/fireside. A gala celebration is planned for Saturday, Dec. 3.

Angels in America Disney Park Pass Raffle


Angels in America is a 501c3 whose mission statement is "Making America stronger, providing hope and encouragement...one good deed at at time." 

Angels in America supports their mission by assisting people in need and delivering random acts of kindness. 

Angels in America is currently selling raffle tickets for a chance to win 4 One -Day Disney Park Hopper tickets - valued at $620.00. They are $10.00 per chance and Angels in America is ONLY selling 150 !!! ALL money raised will assist in their mission! 


Checks can be made out to Angels in America and sent to:

Angels in America
91 Atkinson Dr. 
Bridgewater, MA 02324

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Bridgewater Garden Club Meeting


The Bridgewater Garden Club will hold their evening and on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 6:30 pm, to begin designing items for the Greens Sale. 

The workshops will continue on Tuesday, November 29, Wednesday, November 30 and Thursday, December 1 from 3PM to 9PM, with set up to begin at noon on Friday, December 2. 

The Greens Sale and Cookie Walk will be held Saturday, December 3, from 9-noon indoors at the Bridgewater Senior Center on 10 Wally Krueger Way. 

Profit from this sale funds our scholarships.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Help Support The Well: A Center for Hope and Healing

Help support The Well: A Center for Hope and Healing by getting a start on your Christmas shopping on Thursday, November 17th!


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Friday, November 11, 2016

Full Election Results from Bridgewater

Here are the full results from contested races held in Bridgewater for the November 8th election.

President/Vice President
Clinton/Kaine: 5670
Johnson/Weld: 619
Stein/Baraka: 167
Trump/Pence: 6244

US Congress
Stephen Lynch: 7726
William Burke: 4575

State Senator
Marc Pacheco: 7187
Sandra Wright: 4891

Sheriff
Joseph McDonald: 7335
Scott Vecchi: 4486

County Commissioner
Greg Hanley: 6272
Daniel Pallotta: 6199
Lincoln Heineman: 3019

Thursday, November 10, 2016

2017 Boston Masspass Books Available


Around the Common is pleased to announce that freshly printed 2017 Boston Masspass books are now available. These coupon books are good for restaurants, movies, stores and more.

The Masspass book costs $25 and all proceeds from the sales of these books benefits the Ace Bailey Children's Foundation. Boston Masspass and Around the Common have partnered for the past several years in raising funds for this great charity! Funds raised for the Ace Bailey Children's Foundation supports The Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.

To request your 2017 Boston Masspass, please email aroundthecommon@gmail.com.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Joy of Maple Sugaring



The Joy of Maple Sugaring An informative program presented by Bruce Hopper of Pure BS Maple Shack a member of the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association on November 16th at 6:30 pm at the Bridgewater Public Library.

Bruce Hopper and Ed “Sully” Sullivan are friends that share a love of nature, adventure, hearty laughs. You won’t mistake the Pure BS Maple Shack for a traditional maple farm. Instead, it captures the sweetness of the Massachusetts town of Auburn, a welcoming old New England village. Utilizing a unique blend of individually selected Sugar, Norwegian and Red Maple trees, Sapmasters Bruce and Sully have hand tapped into the best of Massachusetts. That’s Pure BS. Free maple product samples will be served. http://purebsmapleshack.weebly.com

Massachusetts Maple Producers Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of maple sugaring in Massachusetts. Regular members are actively producing maple products or directly related to the maple industry. They support ongoing research into the many factors affecting our member farms, including production practices, quality control, environmental concerns, land development pressures and long term tree health.

The fun event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Bridgewater Senior Center Holiday Party


Wednesday, December 14th at 12:00 at the Bridgewater Senior Center

$5.00 Donation
Luncheon and Entertainment with Laura James

Please join us! Sign-ups at the Senior Center will begin the week of November 14th

The 2016 Nobel Prizes Explained


Sunday, November 6, 2016

1st Parish Bridgewater Theater Production Press Release



On the heels of its 300th anniversary, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church will be premiering a musical entitled “Fireflies,” a heartfelt show for all ages about life, death, memories, and the enduring power of love set to music from the 60’s to the present. The show will take place at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church on Friday, November 11th, or Saturday, November 12th, at 7:00 PM. Tickets are available at the door, and are $15 for adults, $10 for students, and $5 for guests ages 12 and under.

“Fireflies” is the directorial debut of playwright Tony Winters, member of First Parish and alumnus of Bridgewater State University. Winters has written several non-musical plays, and this production is his first musical endeavor.

“‘Fireflies’ tells the story of a family crisis 13 years in the making,” Winters says, “and will bring the audience on a musical and emotional journey.” Winters selected music that audience members of any generation could enjoy. The show will feature songs from The Beatles, Florence and the Machine, James Taylor, and Muse, among many more.

In addition to being Winter’s premiere stage production, “Fireflies” is also the first performance of the First Parish Players. This new theater company consists of 13 members of the church, many of whom have been First Parish members for over 20 years. Winters added that, “Our cast is talented, hardworking, and excited to give the audience a night to remember while giving back to their church community.”

All proceeds from the show will benefit the First Parish 300th anniversary fund.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Heidi CAN! Home Staging & Redesign




Around the Common would like to welcome Heidi CAN! Home Staging & Redesign as our newest Bridgewater Business Listing! We always encourage you to support local business! 

Owned and operated by Accredited Staging Professional Heidi Bernier, Heidi CAN! stage your house, office or even just one room. I own a large inventory of furniture, art and accessories and more available for rent. Only one month rental term required. If you are thinking of selling your house and don't know where to start? Heidi CAN! help you every step of the way from decluttering to packing to staging. I can even help you set up and decorate your new home! Heidi CAN! Is a full service staging company. Together we can get your home ready for the market and showing its best.

As a former accountant and office manager, Heidi knows the importance of being organized, neat and cost-conscious? Heidi CAN! bring new ideas on how to organize and refresh your home even if you are not in the process of moving. With my redesign service we can discuss how to change things up, see what's working and what's not.

We can upgrade your homes decor in a cost-effective way. Heidi CAN! help you transform your living space in a real way!

To see some of the great work Heidi CAN! has completed in the local area, please click here to check out some before and after photos.

For more information about Heidi CAN! Home Staging & Redesign, please check out the website by clicking here.You can also "Like" Heidi CAN! Home Staging & Redesign on Facebook by clicking here.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Scratch Ticket Raffle to Benefit Canton Hospital School Christmas Party


The VFW Post 2125 is running a fundraiser for the Canton Hospital School Christmas Party. Every year the Department of Massachusetts VFW runs a Christmas party for the children of the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton. All the kids get a toy from Santa and there is music and a show. Additionally, a couple children win the chance to head down to Disney World!

The VFW Post 2125 is sponsoring a Scratch Ticket Raffle as a fundraiser that would help fund that trip.

If you are interested in purchasing a raffle ticket, please send a check payable to VFW Post 2125 for $10. The check memo should not Scratch Ticket Raffle and can be mailed to:

VFW Post 2125
40 Orange Street
Bridgewater, MA 02324

Bridgewater State University to Celebrate Universal Children’s Day with Brockton Students



The College of Education & Allied Studies at Bridgewater State University is conducting a daylong celebration of the United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day on Friday, Nov. 18.

More than 200 second- and third-grade schoolchildren from Brockton’s Huntington Elementary School will come to campus for inspirational readings by renown children’s authors and FableVision co-founders Paul and Peter H. Reynolds from their books, The Dot and Going Places.

All of the afternoon’s activities starting at 1 pm. with the keynote speaker, Dr. Bob Sylvester, professor of global literacies, are open to the public. A series of discussions entitled “All Children Matter: The Plight of Children from Across the World,” will be held in the Dana Mohler-Faria Center for Science & Mathematics.

Concurrently, a number of panels on the goals of Universal Children’s Day and social justice, led by members of the BSU faculty and students, will be held throughout the afternoon in the Moakley Center. Topics include children refugees and child trafficking.

Afternoon sessions will conclude with a global dance performance by Urban Renegades at 4:10 p.m. in the Moakley Center, Room 100.

For more information about Universal Children’s Day, which has been celebrated annually by the UN on Nov. 20 since its creation in 1954 to promote awareness among children worldwide, visit http://www.un.org/en/events/childrenday/.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Pedro Pires Institute Gala At BSU Open To The Public




The official launch of the Pedro Pires Institute for Cape Verdean Studies at Bridgewater State University will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 3, and feature the institute’s namesake, the Honorable Pedro Pires, former President of the Republic and Cape Verde’s first Prime Minister.

Starting with a reception/silent auction at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and a full program, the evening will also feature a number of governmental and business leaders from Cape Verde and the Cape Verdean community across the region.

The launch of the institute represents the culmination of a decade-long effort to position Bridgewater State University as the global hub for Cape Verdean Studies as the institute is the only academic center in the world exclusively devoted to the study of the diaspora.

The event, which will be held in East Campus Commons, 125 Burrill Ave., is open to the public. For tickets and more information visit give.bridgew.edu/iCV2016 or contact Luisa Goncalves at 508.531.2622 orluisa.goncalves@bridgew.edu. Deadline for tickets is Thursday, Nov. 10.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Flora T. Little Art Gallery



The Bridgewater Public Library will feature an exhibit of Quilts by Coastal Quilt Artists in the Flora T. Little Gallery. The exhibition will be on display during the months of November and December.

Coastal Quilt Artists (CQA) is a group of artists who come together twice a month to share their love of making art. These artists individually have produced an eclectic range of art quilts featuring a variety of techniques. Using fabric as their medium, the group promotes critical feedback for its members resulting in an excellent support system for each members work. Six of the founding members of CQA were students of Kathleen Weinheimer (1940-1996) who encouraged them to be creative and follow their own path as artists.

Current members of Coastal Quilt Artists are: 

Jane Ashbrook, Plymouth, MA
Lynne Conover, Abington, MA
Janet Dye, Bridgewater, MA
Sandy Gregg, Cambridge, MA
Anne Marcin, Scituate, MA
Penny Myles, Hingham, MA
Graciela Piccolo, Pembroke, MA
Joan Randall, Hillsborough, NH
Mary Lou Schwinn, Cotuit, MA
Pat Smith, Marshfield, MA
Bobbie Sullivan, Scituate, MA
Diana Svahn, Plymouth, MA
Marge Tucker, Scituate, MA

The Flora T. Little Gallery is open during regular library hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9a.m.-8p.m.; Thursday 10a.m.-5p.m., Friday, Saturday 10a.m.-2p.m.

BRSEPAC November Presentation


The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a presentation for the 2016-2017 school year on Tuesday, November 15th at 6:00 pm titled, Planning for the Financial and Legal Future of Your Child.  Shelley Coelho will discuss: Negotiating the Social Security Maze, Preserving Eligibility for Government Benefits through Proper Estate Planning, and
Special Needs Trusts.

The meeting will be held at The Bridge Center located at 470 Pine St., Bridgewater, MA.   Please register online in advance for free childcare at: http:// www.thebridgectr.org 

The BR-SEPAC is made up of parents that represent about 850 children with special needs within the Bridgewater-Raynham School district.  The BR-SEPAC works collaboratively with the Bridgewater-Raynham Public Schools and Bridgewater-Raynham School Committee to provide support and information for parents, school personnel, and the community about disabilities and the special education process. The Bridgewater-Raynham SEPAC accomplishes this through regular presentations and special events. The meeting is free and open to all.  For more information visit our facebook or email kwaskiel@hotmail.com.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Central Square Congregational Church Annual Fair



Central Square Congregational Church Annual Fair

71 Central Square (on the common)

Friday, November 11, 6:30pm-8:30pm (including Pie & coffee night!)
Saturday, November 12, 9:00am-2:00pm, including luncheon service
Saturday, November 12, 5pm & 6:30pm turkey supper seatings (plus takeout)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR, AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

All of your favorites will be there: Pie! (Friday evening pie & coffee) * The cookie walk (how many different cookies can you fit in your tin?) and other baked goods * Homemade candy and goodies * Hand-made gift items * Holiday items * Jewelry * Attic treasures rummage * Silent auction gift baskets * Beth Basler’s amazing luncheon offerings * WALKING TACOS! * Hanson Farm harvest table * Turkey supper, to eat in or take out.

Bring your friends! Invite your neighbors! Tell them about the food items and they won’t be able to resist… “The cookie walk?" Chef Basler’s fabulous chowder? A turkey supper with generous portions? Walking tacos???

Turkey supper reservations can be made by calling the church office at 508-697-6016, or emailing office@csccucc.com. Information required: 5pm/6:30pm/Takeout? Name, phone number, how many people in your party.



Please also note: we encourage anyone coming to the fair to bring one nonperishable food item to contribute to the Bridgewater Food Pantry if they are able. Spread the word!





Visit www.csccucc.org for full details, or find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/csccuccbridgewaterma.

Bridgewater Cultural Council - Grant Review Meeting



The Bridgewater Cultural Council will be meeting on Wednesday November 16, 2016 at 6PM in the Lower Level Conference Room in the Bridgewater Public Library. The purpose of this meeting will be to review recently submitted Local Cultural Council grant applications.
The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested is welcomed to attend. 

Questions about the Bridgewater Cultural Council may be addressed to Co-Chairs Nora Tarr at nora.tarr@comcast.net or Kathryn Golden at goldenk@dupage.edu